No disrespect to Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson or newcomers Lumpkin & Torain – but the running game isn’t gonna have much of a say in whether or not the G-Men all but clinch the East on Monday night. I doubt we get any clue as to what Wilson’s role will be after Andre Brown’s season-ending injury, as this will be a battle of the QB’s. So may the best #10 win.
How the Redskins win: Pretty simple. If RG3 goes off like he has the past 2 weeks, leading his team to 69 points while averaging over 300 total yards & 4 TDs, the Giants are in deep shit. They were able to pull out the W in Week 7 thanks to doubling up in the turnover battle & cashing in on a last-minute 77-yard score that left D’Angelo Hall unimpressed – but Griffin’s getting better every game & I’m not sure anyone can “stop” him without another turnover binge. Don’t bank on that happening though. He’s given the ball away just once since their October matchup. Plus he’s got Pierre Garcon back, who’s the Skins’ top deep threat against a Big Blue D that loves giving up big plays. They’ve also had an extended break having played on Thanksgiving, and, at 5-6, Monday Night Football against their division leaders might as well be the Super Bowl. If you’re Washington, there’s no better time than this to have the league’s Rookie of the Year lead your squad to an upset of the defending champs on a national stage to keep your playoff hat in the ring.
How the Giants win: If everything falls into place for the Redskins, Eli will have to keep up. Shouldn’t be a problem. Fresh off a bye, the return of a healthy Hakeem Nicks and hanging 38 on the Pack, the Giants’ offense is primed for this game too. Teams throw more and run less on Washington than any other team in the NFL, which falls right into NY’s wheelhouse. Lighting up the league’s worst pass defense that surrenders over 300 yards/2 TD a game should be easy considering there’s zero pass rush to fear either. Eli Suave likes prime time too – in 4 night games, he’s averaged 265 yards with 7 scores against just one pick. All signs are pointing towards a shootout, and Big Blue are better equipped to prevail. I’m even envisioning a return to pay dirt for the Black Unicorn. The Giants have yet to lose when eclipsing 25 points – that magic number will be cake.
My first prediction of the year: Giants 37, Redskins 27*
*Smart readers would race to put your money on the Skins and the under immediately.